Water Quality Assessment, Analysis and Interpretation

The Water Quality Assessment, Analysis and Interpretation online course is a signature course delivered by CRI’s Training and Professional Development program this year. This course advances participants’ abilities to design water quality research and monitoring programs and analyze water quality conditions and trends.

Course Overview

This online course was developed to introduce tools for water quality data visualization and statistical analysis (Excel & R), provide exercises to gain experience with real data to analyse for effects, trends, etc., introduce the use of Water Quality Indices (WQI) to consolidate lots of information, and covers the design of water quality monitoring programs. 

Topics covered include:

  • Data summaries and distributions
  • Considerations for water quality data
  • Testing for differences in water quality between sites
  • Examining relationships between parameters and trends
  • Monitoring program design considerations
  • Reporting statistical evidence for water quality data

Learning Outcomes:

  • Provides a reference material and resources for future employment
  • Develops skill in the manipulation of large data sets in excel, critical thinking, and interpretation of water quality data
  • Students will have a completed analysis of real monitoring data  summarizing the quality of surface waters as proof of their abilities

This online course was developed to introduce tools for water quality data visualization and statistical analysis (Excel), provide exercises to gain experience with real data to analyse for effects, trends, etc., introduce the use of Water Quality Indices (WQI) to consolidate lots of information, and covers the design of water quality monitoring programs.  

Key Learning Objectives

  • Formulate the key questions and hypotheses
  • Determine the best analytical method for answering the question
  • Determine the best graphical method for presenting the data
  • Analyze and present the data through the use of Excel and R
  • Learn how to present figures and statistical results in reports

Details

The content was originally developed in partnership with the Saskatchewan Research Council (Dr. Andrew Harwood), and Dr. Monique Dubé (former CRI Science Director).  It is offered as a self-paced online course in an online learning management system called D2L, and was modified by Heather Loomer (PhD Candidate, CRI).  Participants will be encouraged to interact with fellow participants online to share real-world stories and/or questions regarding water quality monitoring data and designs.

Register
The Canadian Rivers Institute is using the services of the University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management (ForEM) and the College of Extended Learning to increase the quality and efficiency of program registration and delivery of this CRI Training and Professional Development program's signature course. ForEM is responsible for the registration process, client relations, and the delivery of courses. For enquiries specific to CRI’s 2017 spring/summer signature courses please call 453-4770 or email unbcricourses@unb.ca

 

Online Course Fees

Registrant Type Registration Fee
Professionals $250.00 + HST
Students/NGOs/First Nations $187.50 + HST

 

Course Schedule

Online access available May 1, 2017

Self-paced course